We’re losing an hour this weekend, so make each minute count! Don’t miss the citywide party (and accompanying traffic snarls) we call the LA Marathon or the couple of cool events that have us seeing double (two dance parties and two kite festivals that are so fun, we can’t pick just one).  There’s also music, art, science and dinos, in various combinations, so pack twice the fun into this short weekend…  and don’t forget to change those clocks, or you’ll be an hour late all day Sunday!


From Downtown to the Beach

LA Marathon
Starting at Dodger Stadium and going all the way to the Santa Monica Pier, the Los Angeles Marathon goes past some of the most famous landmarks in the city.  You can easily join in the fun without a run, by picking a spot anywhere along the route, or checking out one of our favorite places where a party is sure to happen. Sun., 7 a.m. – 1 p.m. Downtown to the Santa Monica Pier.


Baby Loves Disco Goes Groovy
Get out those afro wigs and bell bottoms, get your face painted, make a sock puppet, grab a tattoo + more as you shake your bootie to some 70’s tunes. Real music, fun games and even a cash bar for (non-driving) moms and dads.   Sat., 1 p.m. – 3:30 p.m. Downtown. $15 for anyone who can walk. Ages 1-5. Event details.


Family Dance Party at the Echo
Dance party #2 is a kid-friendly afternoon that’s a family affair for all ages, with a live DJ, dancing, face painting, scarves, hula hoops, bubbles, art activities and healthy snacks at the Echo Center for Non Violent Parenting. Sat., 4 p.m. – 7 p.m. Echo Park. $20 per family. All ages. Event details.


Lishy Loo and Lucky Too! Head to TV
One of your favorite local bands (and ours!) is coming to one of your favorite channels (PBS, aka the Sherlock/Downton/Sesame Street channel), so come and say you saw it first as Lucky Diaz and the Family Jam Band let you view their TV pilot, then kick back with a special live performance of the band rocking while you dance your booty off! Sun., 10:30 a.m. – 11:30 a.m. West Hollywood. $8-$12. Ages 2-10. Event details.

Stamp Yourself Silly at CAFAM
Be inspired by artist Shirley Familian’s stamp layered artworks and make your own stamp covered objects and mandalas in a workshop for the whole family.  Sun., 1:30 p.m. – 3:30 p.m. Miracle Mile. $5-$7. All ages. Event details.


Pete Seeger Tribute Concert
Raise your voice and sing along (or just listen together to his classic songs – “If I Had A Hammer,” “Turn, Turn, Turn” and his version of “We Shall Overcome”) at this tribute to a wonderful man and his beautiful, peaceful music. Sat., 1 p.m. – 4 p.m. Topanga. $10. All ages. Event details.


Sid the Science Kid
Sid is joined onstage by May, Gabriela, & Gerald for discoveries and explorations, as they ask curious questions and find cool answers, which will leave the whole family cheering and dancing along. Sat., 1 p.m. Northridge. $10-$25. Ages 2-7. Event details.

South Bay

A Pair of Kite Festivals
There are two chances to fly a kite at the beach this weekend – or just kick back and enjoy while the pros take silk to the skies with dips, twists and dives. The Huntington Beach Kite Party is Sat. & Sun. from 11 a.m. – 5 p.m. and the Redondo Beach Kite Festival is Sun. from 12 p.m. – 5 p.m.

Worth the Drive

Dino-Mite Concert for Kids
A dino-mite concert for your dino-tyke, featuring the gargantuan sound of music from John Williams’ “Jurassic Park” score and other ginormous tunes. It’s a classical music morning your tot won’t sleep (or complain) through! Sat., 10 a.m. & 11:30 a.m. Costa Mesa. $19-$33. Ages 3-8. Event details.

What are you up to this weekend?  We’d love to know – join the conversation in the comment section.

-Meghan Rose

Photo credits: Redondo Beach’s facebooks page and LA Marathon’s facebook page.